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Foods That Should Not Be Vacuum Sealed

Posted on July 19 2019

Foods That Should Not Be Vacuum Sealed


Have you ever wondered if there are foods you should not be vacuum sealing? There are many foods you can vacuum seal for extended freshness; unfortunately there are a handful that you should not preserve using this method. Some foods contain anaerobic bacteria, which can grow without the presence of air. Within a vacuum sealed pouch, with reduced oxygen, these bacteria will grow and may pose a risk to your health.

 Do not vacuum seal:

      • raw mushrooms
      • garlic
      • soft cheeses (blue cheese, brie, camembert, ricotta and other soft and unpasteurized cheeses)
      • freshly cooked or steamed vegetables (safe to vacuum seal after they are at room temperature)


          In addition, many common vegetables emit a gas when stored. If these vegetables - in the Cruciferae or Brassicaceae family - are kept in a vacuum sealed bag, this gas will cause them to spoil. To store these vegetables properly they should be blanched, dried, then vacuum sealed and frozen for storage.

           Blanch first:

              • arugula
              • bok choy
              • broccoli
              • brussels sprouts
              • cabbage
              • cauliflower
              • kale
              • radishes
              • turnips


              We hope this little guide has assisted you in identifying the few items that should not be vacuum sealed. You can use your vacuum sealer to safely store breads, meats, vegetables, potatoes and more. Most foods can be vacuum sealed to extend their overall life whilst saving you some money and time! 


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              • Johnna L Jones: July 31, 2020

                Is it safe to transfer the remainder of a large container of live culture yogurt to a mason jar and vacuum seal it to extend it’s freshness in the refrigerator?

              • Barbara: July 31, 2020

                I see it says that you can’t vacu seal Bleu cheese, however if you are freezing it can you then vacu seal it?

              • Terry: August 03, 2020

                Can you slice and vacuum seal fresh cucumbers?
                In the make your own size ir the zip lock and seal bafs?

              • iPatch: July 15, 2020

                I dehydrate a lot of veggies like carrots, celery, also fruits like apples . . . oranges, I dehydrate them at home in a dehydrator.
                If I use the food saver bags . . do I need to still refridgerate or freeze even though I have dehydrated them?

              • pat kelly: July 31, 2020

                What is the best way to defrost frozen vacuum sealed foods? Should I remove the food from the vacuumed package before defrosting? or Are some foods safe to defrost while in the vacuum sealed package? Where can I find information on this subject?

              • Customer Service: March 20, 2020

                Hi Donna,
                You can vacuum seal uncooked rice and dry beans. It’s not a must but it will prolong the life of your foods.


              • Donna: March 20, 2020

                Should you vacuum seal uncooked rice and uncooked beans

              • FoodVacBags: February 18, 2020

                Yes, you can absolutely vacuum seal raw bones (no need to cook first). Just be careful that they are not sharp and will puncture the bag.

              • Arjun: February 18, 2020

                Can you vacuum pack raw bones (to be used for broth) or do you need to cook them first

              • FoodVacBags: January 30, 2020

                Hello Sue,

                Yes cream cheese is pasteurized so it is safe to vacuum seal.

              • Sue: January 30, 2020

                Can you vacuum seal cream cheese?

              • FoodVacBags: January 08, 2020

                Hi Jessica,

                When properly stored, spinach will maintain the best quality for about 10 to 12 months in the freezer.

                Also, here is more helpful information about freezing spinach:

              • Jessica: January 08, 2020

                If you puree let’s say spinach for baby food and freeze it into cubes and now I want to Vaccum seal these frozen cubes, what would be the freezer life?

              • FoodVacBags: December 19, 2019

                Hello Daphne,

                The way you prep your fruits before freezing will significantly impact how long the food lasts, how difficult it is to thaw and how it will taste later. Be sure to wash or peel your fruits before freezing so they’re ready to go when you want to use them. Larger fruits, such should be sliced into bite-sized pieces for optimal results. Cutting fruits before the freezing process ensures that your foods thaw quickly and retain their texture.

                Here is more information about vacuum sealing fruits:

              • Daphne: December 19, 2019

                Can you vacuum seal mangoes and other fruit? If so how do you do it please.

              • FoodVacBags: November 11, 2019

                Hello Angie, you can find information about vacuum sealing potatoes here:

              • Angie: November 11, 2019

                I just want to know if I can vacuum seal some whole, raw potatoes that I purchased and will not be able to use until after Thanksgiving. Will vacuum sealing them and storing them in the pantry keep them fresh longer?

              • FoodVacBags: October 11, 2019

                Hello Denise, yes, most vegetables need blanching including peas.

              • Denise: October 11, 2019

                Hi! I’m wondering if purple hull peas need to be blanched before sealing?

              • FoodVacBags: August 02, 2019

                Yes, you can vacuum seal ginger. When you freeze ginger, don’t bother peeling the ginger first because it’s easier to peel ginger after it’s frozen. Just cut the ginger root into approximately 1 inch pieces. Freeze the pieces in a single layer on a cookie sheet, uncovered for 1-2 hours. Then transfer the pieces to bags then vacuum seal.

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